6600 Maynard Farm Road

Chapel Hill

North Carolina 27516


Mobile:  919/270-7060

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To create and maintain a first class dressage facility in an environment that is:

  1. BulletPhysically safe and mentally healthy for all

  2. BulletConducive to a quality learning and growth experience

  3. BulletAllows for personal attention to details

  4. BulletClean and organized

  5. Bullet Fun and friendly

Lynn Leath designed and built this facility in 1998, using her years of horse experience to provide maximum mental and physical health, safety, and comfort for her top level competitive sport horses and riders. Before moving her operation to Chapel Hill, Lynn had operated NSTC in Apex, NC since 1983.

Lynn and her husband Cliff live on the farm which is gated for maximum security.  Hay is stored in a separate building for fire safety.  Pastures are all double fenced to prevent horses fighting over fence lines.

  1. BulletOlympic size covered riding arena (size 80' x 208')

  2. BulletPermaflex rubber footing in arena

  3. BulletFooting groomed daily

  4. BulletMirrored wall (70' x 6') on one full end

  5. BulletExtensive lights for night time riding

  6. BulletPA system for instruction or music

  7. BulletOverhead sprinkler system for dust control

  8. BulletInsulated roof and skylights helps keep cool in summer

  1. BulletOnly 6 stalls: 12'x12' with rubber mats

  2. BulletCross-training on the 1/3 mile track that gently undulates to provide an excellent environment to strengthen and condition, as well as work outside of the arena.

  3. BulletCovered paddock outside of each stall

  4. BulletCeiling fan above each stall

  5. BulletWell lighted and ventilated

  6. BulletHeated tack room and restroom

  7. BulletWasher/Dryer (fits horse blankets!)

  8. BulletWash stall with industrial heater and fan

Photos by Tara Clark

"Most horses need at least limited turn out, but the pasture needs to be safe, and the horse needs a place to get out of the elements, so I designed the barn with many options. When the horses are  in their stalls, the Dutch doors can be opened (or shut in the winter), yokes into the aisle can   allow them to hang their heads out and see, or the sliding doors may be shut to avoid nipping  other horses. In good weather, the horses may be allowed to come in and out at will, so that if     the weather turns bad, or the flies begin to bother them. They are free to go into their stalls    where there is protection from the wind or rain, plenty of fresh water, shade and a ceiling fan. When the pastures are wet, the horses can still have access to their individual covered “patio”. Turn out may be alone, or with a buddy, but never in groups"

Spacious 51 foot round pen with tall solid walls is ideal for working with young horses, lunging, or long lining.

The show barn was added in 2000, to accommodate horses coming in for clinics, and as an overflow barn for horses in training. It has access to its own two acre pasture.

"Regardless of the original cost of the horse...
we all have considerable investments of time,
emotion and effort that we need, and want to protect."

To read TESTIMONIALS from Lynn’s students CLICK HERE

To read about training and lesson FEES CLICK HERE

North Star training Center is spread out over 32 acres, with four spacious pastures, and a 1/3-mile galloping track. (Photo by Jack Griffith)

Lynn added a heated teaching pavilion, so she no longer feels the need to go to Florida for the winter!


Luis Melecio has kept North Star Training Center running smoothly on all cylinders since 2012. He is responsible for all aspects of farm maintenance, including watering and dragging the arena, mowing the pastures, grading the galloping track, keeping the barns clean and organized, and of course, taking care of all the horses – managing feeding, medications, turn out, blanketing, etc. Luis can also clinch a nail or pull a sprung shoe in a pinch. And he grooms for Lynn, currying her horses until their dapples shine!

When he is not on the farm, Luis enjoys spending time with his wife, Yadira, who is an elementary school teacher, and their two children, Alan and Jazmin.

Luis and his family recently vacationed in the mountains of Tennessee, where they discovered this scenic waterfall!